Bert van Marwijk thinks that the Orange does not necessarily have to play with two inspectors in the current system. The Dutch national team plays under national coach Louis van Gaal in a 5-3-2 system and therefore a controlling block of two midfielders is not really necessary, Van Marwijk says in an interview with Football International.
‘If you play with three central defenders, one can always cover well. Then in my opinion you need such a type less quickly than when you play with two central defenders’, Van Marwijk answers the question whether a balance guard should play next to Frenkie de Jong.
Van Marwijk explains that coaches are always looking for control. He indicates that he did his time too. “That’s why I also set up two controllers,” says the former national coach, who played with two central defenders and therefore opted for a block with Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong in midfield.
‘I wouldn’t do that so quickly now. I would now opt for more football in midfield’, Van Marwijk continues. He says that he is very sorry that Ryan Gravenberch has played little at Bayern Munich and is not there now. ‘Because he can bring that dynamic football from midfield like no other. Now I think of Kenneth Taylor’, Van Marwijk compliments the Ajax midfielder. ‘A task-conscious boy, who can connect and sometimes goes deep. You always need depth in your game.’
Against Senegal, Steven Berghuis still played as a midfielder alongside De Jong. Van Gaal can also opt for players such as Teun Koopmeiners, Marten de Roon and Davy Klaassen in that position. The Orange will play its next match at the World Cup in Qatar this Friday. Then Ecuador is the opponent. The South American country won its opening game 2-0 against Qatar.